With the PyeongChang Olympics scheduled to open on Feb. 9, the Japanese government is preparing to ensure the safety of the many Japanese visitors who will attend the games.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs will set up liaison satellite offices of the Japanese Embassy in Seoul in Pyeongchang and Gangneung, where the athletic events will take place. The Japanese Embassy in Seoul has also posted on its website a “safety guide” for emergencies. MOFA will inform Japanese visitors about evacuation and other emergency matters by texting messages to mobile phone numbers that are registered with it through its “Tabireji” (travel registration) messaging service for tourists visiting foreign countries and residence records.
When State Minister for Foreign Affairs Masahisa Sato visited South Korea on Feb. 1-3, he inspected shelter facilities established by the government there. He also called for support in ensuring the safety of Japanese nationals when he met with the chairman of the PyeongChang Olympics organization committee. (Abridged)